Vision Quest is just around the corner. Never having ridden in the region, it seems like a good idea to figure out what I'm in for. As it turns out SoCal riders post a zillion GPS files of routes, races and training at GeoLadders - the VQ course is up at
The first part that grabs attention is this:
Course Description 56.5+- miles, 11,500 +- ft. of elevation gain
+/- a few feet, I like that ;) IOW, it's got a profile like half of the
Nice profile, eh? By mile 30 accumulated climb is over 8k'. At mile 41ish comes a ~30 min hike a bike. No wonder it sells out so fast! Enduros are a curious bunch for sure.
We tried to emulate that first 30 miles Sunday with some Blakes laps on the SS. It actually comes pretty close, about 7k' in 29 miles. Not too shabby! I was running a 32.18 on the 26er and it seemed about right. It got a bit boggy in some muddy/steep areas, but otherwise worked great. VQ might have some similar stuff awaiting...there was snow up there last year 10 days prior to the event.
I'll prolly give the 32.17 a shot this weekend and see how that goes. If I can shave a few lbs off my bike and butt it should work just fine ;)
Speaking of bikes, DC is working some magic for me today. Today has that excitement of Dec 25 when you were 6...but I gotta stop there before I jinx the deal. A double chocolate frapaccino goes a long ways to making your mechanic happy.
Based on my previous testing and looking at the VQ profile and pics at GeoLadders, my bet is a 26er will be the call (not that I have a choice anyway). What say you, members of the jury?
So many unknowns. So juicy. Let the boxing begin.